Tag: Africa

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Liberia Considers Allowing Non-Blacks to Become Citizens

In his first annual message to the legislature in January – roughly equivalent in ceremonial significance to a State of the Union address – Liberian President George Manneh Weah called for eliminating the “unnecessary, racist, and inappropriate” constitutional clause that bars non-blacks from becoming full citizens of his nation. Liberia’s top Muslim cleric responded this week by warning that black citizens would be marginalized and oppressed if the rules are changed.

At a regular press briefing on Dec. 12, 2016, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expresses "serious concern" about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's remarks suggesting the United States need not adhere to its long-held position on the status of Taiwan under his incoming administration. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo

China Condemns ‘Carping’ from U.S. Officials on African Debt Traps

The State Department’s concerted effort to highlight predatory lending and military expansion by Beijing’s Communist Party has triggered stern condemnation from China’s foreign ministry and state media, both of which have urged the international community to ignore Washington’s “carping” on the issue.

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks with Tonga's King Tupou VI (not seen) during a welcome ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 1, 2018. King Tupou VI is on a state visit to China. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

African Commentators Sour on China

China’s Communist Party has spent years promoting the value its “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure project could have for Africa. As the Trump administration ramps up its campaign to turn Africa away from China, some columnists throughout the continent appear to be listening.

In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, meets with Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country's president and their families. (Bayo Omoboriowo/Nigeria State House via AP)

Reports: Teen Girls Kill Twelve in Nigerian Market Suicide Attack

Nigerian news agencies reported Wednesday of multiple child suicide bombings targeting a market in the northeastern regional capital Maiduguri, killing at least 12 and confirming fears that the Boko Haram jihadist group continues to have the ability to use child captives for terrorist activity.

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces arrive to the town of Ariha on May 28, 2015 in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. The capture is a blow to the Syrian regime and raises the prospect that the city will become the effective capital of territory held by Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing, Al-Nusra Front, analysts said. AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR OMAR HAJ KADOUR / AFP

Study: Al-Qaeda Makes Tens of Millions from Drug Smuggling Linked to Colombia’s FARC

Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch — considered the “wealthiest” — likely generates tens of millions of dollars annually through drug trafficking linked to violent Latin American cartels like the leftist terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other criminal activities, reveals the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank.